After four months of bargaining, CSUEU and CSU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering the CSU Interim Vaccine Policy. This policy was announced in April and will require all faculty, staff, and students to comply with the mandatory vaccine program. The CSU announced early adoption in April but not all provisions could go into effect until the two sides finished negotiations. The MOU and Interim Policy require that all staff either vaccinate or declare an exemption. There are two types of exemption – medical or religious. There are no complicated requirements for either. Both physical and psychological conditions apply and religious exemption is not subject to testing for acceptable beliefs. Campus forms are being reviewed for compliance with the new MOU. Vaccinated employees will be required to show proof of vaccination and vaccinated employees are not subject to regular testing. CSUEU insisted on uniform testing requirements for all campuses before signing the agreement. The Union considers testing to be the first line of defense for outbreaks. Screening for symptoms is required for campus access and employees with symptoms are still eligible for exclusion pay. Most campuses are continuing masking for inside areas. The vaccine mandate is simply one more level of protection for the campus community. Requirements for reporting vaccination or requesting exemption will go into effect eight weeks from signing of the MOU (Oct. 27).